Protein Ice-Cream

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 scoop (30 grams) protein powder (I use Sun Warrior rice protein)
  • 1 TBSP dark cocoa powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 packet stevia (I prefer NuNaturals brand)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • Pinch of Celtic sea salt
  • 1/3 tsp xanthan gum*
  • 1/2 tsp guar gum*
  • 17 -- 18 ice cubes (225 grams worth or 7.9 oz)

*I use the Bob’s Red Mill brand of xanthan and guar gums. If you can’t find them in your area, click here to order online, and you can use the code EME542 to save $5 on your first order. Keep in mind you only need to use a little at a time, and a bag of each will last you a while. So worth the investment!

Directions:

Blend all ingredients except ice in high-speed blender until well blended. Then add in ice 1 handful at a time and blend…unless you have a Vita-Mix. With a Vita, just throw all the ice in at once and tamp away. :)

Troubleshooting/Other variations:

I’ve gotten many emails regarding protein ice-cream disasters, and before you try it, I have several tips to share:

1) Not all protein powders are created equal. First off, make sure you like the taste of your particular powder. If you don’t, then you won’t like the ice-cream. Also some protein powders already contain either xanthan or guar gum themselves, and so you may need to adjust the amount of gums you add. If you end up with a gloopy mess, then something went wrong.

2) I always use BOTH gums. Xanthan thickens the ice-cream, and guar gum makes it creamy. So, if it’s too thin, add more xanthan, and if it’s too icy, add more guar. It may take some trial and error, but you when you get it right, the texture should resemble soft serve ice-cream.

3)You don’t have to use protein powder. Instead of the powder, try adding a frozen banana or any other frozen fruit, but again, keep in mind you might have to adjust the gums. Often times, instead of protein powder, I’ll use 1/2 frozen banana and 1 TBSP cocoa powder or hot chocolate mix. So yummy!

{ 122 comments… read them below or add one }

tosha25italia November 23, 2009 at 7:56 pm

what do the gums do??

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Heather Eats Almond Butter November 23, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Tosha, Deb recently did a post about the gums: http://smoothiegirleatstoo.blogspot.com/2009/11/why-i-use-xanthan-and-guar-gums-in-my.html. I use them for the same reasons she does. They turn my smoothies into instant “ice-cream” as they are natural thickeners. LOVE THE GUMS!

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april December 11, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Heather- you are my hero!! I just made this today and I was in heaven. In fact I’ve decided I want it in a peanut butter jar for my birthday instead of cake! Thanks again!

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Heather Eats Almond Butter December 11, 2009 at 10:56 pm

April, Just stick a candle in in your protein ice-cream. Perfect. :)

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maggie b December 13, 2009 at 11:14 am

this looks soo good! my blender is broken, do you think i could put it in a food processor??
and do you think Chocolate Amazing Meal would do the trick??

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Heather Eats Almond Butter December 13, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Maggie, Not sure if it would work in food processor, but definitely worth a try. I’m assuming Chocolate Amazing Meal would work, but I’m not the one to really ask. Blech – don’t like that stuff.

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Betherann December 13, 2009 at 3:19 pm

In answer to Maggie’s question about the chocolate amazing meal…I used chocolate Amazing Grass as a substitute for cocoa powder in a recipe for ChocolateCoveredKatie.com’s fudge babies, and it worked beautifully.

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Betherann December 13, 2009 at 3:20 pm

How many servings is this? Seems like one, but I’m not sure.

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Heather Eats Almond Butter December 13, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Betherann, It makes 1 HUGE serving. Most normal people would probably eat only half, but ice-cream holds a special place in my heart and my belly. In other words, I can eat a lot of it. :)

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Betherann December 13, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Does it freeze/store well?

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Heather Eats Almond Butter December 13, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Betherann, Never tried freezing it. I’ve always finished off every batch. :)

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Betherann December 13, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Just made some, except with chocolate Amazing Grass: Kidz Superfood instead of protein powder, and some dark chocolate chips thrown in. YUM! Thanks!

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Heather Eats Almond Butter December 13, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Oops. Just saw this. So glad you enjoyed!

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Annie December 14, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Just wondering, would agar agar work the same as the Gum? It is a gellatin type thing Ive used in CCV’s Pudding recipes..

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Heather Eats Almond Butter December 14, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Annie, Never tried an agar agar ice-cream. I’ve only used it in puddings. It would probably work if you made a pudding and then froze it maybe? I don’t know…the gums are a lot less work. Just throw them in the blender.

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maggie b December 15, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Thanks for the responses! crisis averted. i ordered a vita, so i will definitely be testing protein ice cream when i get it. it seemed like the only solution! I can hardly wait.

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Heather Eats Almond Butter December 15, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Maggie, Awesome. You will LOVE your Vita!!!!

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Julia December 21, 2009 at 10:32 am

I am so anxious to try this! Roomer has it that *santa* is bringing me a Magic Bullet for Christmas… do you imagine the blender application on this would work? I have a regular blender atm, it’s some old contraption from the 80′s that really umm does work haha. Also, would regular salt work in place of Celtic Sea Salt? Thank you for your time, and the great recipe inspirations!

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Heather Eats Almond Butter December 21, 2009 at 10:50 am

Julia, Hmm, not sure as I’ve never used a Magic Bullet. I think it should work as long as it blends the ice well, and yes, you can always sub regular salt in place of Celtic Sea Salt. Let me know if you try it. Merry Christmas!

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maggie b December 27, 2009 at 2:30 pm

thanks for the feed back, I think i will have to order it off the website. it is no where to be found. I am a Amazing Grass girl, but it is crazy expensive right now! $44.99 for 15 svgs!!!
Have you tried the chocolate or strawberry Jay Robb Rice Protein??

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Heather Eats Almond Butter December 27, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Maggie b, Love the chocolate rice, but Jay’s strawberry tasted a bit funky. Kind of artificial to me.

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N.D. December 31, 2009 at 3:53 pm

I just bought the xanthum gum and was looking for an ice cream maker- do you have one? have you found or tried many “healthy” ice cream recipes using the maker? I never think to look back. Here’s my email: tosha25italia@yahoo.com THanks! Natalie

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kailey January 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm

hey heather!!
quick question – I only have guar gum, is that okay? should I just use the same amount of xanthum gum for guar gum? hope so because this looks fabulous :D

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Heather Eats Almond Butter January 22, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Kailey, Not sure. Never used just one gum. I’m afraid it will turn out kind of funky with any more than 1/2 tsp guar. Let me know if you try it.

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kailey January 31, 2010 at 8:27 am

so i tried the making this with just guar..yeah not too great, but not horrible. I finally broke my mom down and she bought me some xathan gum (we found it at a local health store so no shipping fee) and you were right – they both work GREAT together. I could not get over the volume!! genius heather :)

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Heather Eats Almond Butter January 31, 2010 at 9:22 am

So glad you enjoyed Kailey, and now I know to tell people. Use them TOGETHER. :) P.S. The xanthan will last you forever. Totally worth it!

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jessicaconte February 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Seriously AMAZING!!!!!!

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christina February 13, 2010 at 7:49 pm

OMG!! i am in love! I just made this and i was a bit skeptical at first. i paid 12 bucks for the xanthun and boy oh boy was it worth it. now i know what my new nightly treat will be :) for about 200 calories i get about 2 cups of ice cream…that’s insane! i want to try it with coconut milk and stir in shredded coconut and dark chocolate! thanks for sharing!

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Heather Eats Almond Butter February 13, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Christina, So glad you enjoyed your ice-cream, and I think it would taste so good with coconut and dark chocolate. You really can’t ever go wrong with that combo.:)

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Natnat April 20, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Hi,
I just bought some guar gum the other ay and I have been searching high and low for a great recipe like this one!! I just have a question… I didn’t buy any xanthan gum, and I was wondering if there’s something else I can use instead, or if I should just substitute it with guar gum…

thank you!!!!!!!!

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Heather Eats Almond Butter April 20, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Natnat, I’ve always used the gums together, and without both, you won’t quite get the ice-cream effect. Also, I wouldn’t sub the guar gum as too much just makes a big bowl of goo. I would just skip the xanthan gum, and enjoy an extra thick smoothie. :)

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katie April 21, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Question..I use xanthax gum…but do you need to combine it with guar gum!? Thanks!

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Heather Eats Almond Butter April 22, 2010 at 7:35 am

Katie, You won’t get the same fluffy “ice-cream” effect without both gums. In using the xanthan gum alone, you’ll just get a thick smoothie. You can read about both of the gums here: http://smoothiegirleatstoo.blogspot.com/2009/12/saturdaysunday-smoothie-guar-and.html

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Debi April 22, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I just stumbled on your site………I was looking for ice cream recipes that had guar gum in them…..and found yours.
I couldn’t find the xanthan gum….so I just had to use the guar gum…..it is like a creamy shake. It also made a huge pile……I used one tray of ice cubes for it. I have two containers in the freezer to see what it will be like frozen.
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe……

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Heather Eats Almond Butter April 23, 2010 at 5:12 am

Debi, Glad you found me and happy to hear you enjoyed your ice-cream. :)

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Terri May 2, 2010 at 11:41 am

I think the recipe looks great, but it doesn’t actually list how much “almond butter” if any you use. Says to place in a “waning” almond butter jar. Surely there is almond butter in this ice cream! How much? Thanks!

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Heather Eats Almond Butter May 2, 2010 at 11:42 am

Terri, No, I usually just use the almond butter as a topping. I’ve never blended it into the ice-cream, but I’m sure it would be delicious!

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j May 26, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Is this still good without the cocoa? I hate chocolate (wierd I know…)

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Heather Eats Almond Butter May 26, 2010 at 2:02 pm

J, Yeah, I made vanilla this morning – just use vanilla protein powder and leave out the cocoa. Might want to add a few drops of vanilla or almond extract just for kicks. Or, you could add frozen berries or other fruit if you’re in a fruity mood. Enjoy! :)

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hysterikal June 1, 2010 at 9:20 am

Made this the other day and now I can’t stop playing with the 2 gums! thanks for the cool recipe and use :D

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Heather Eats Almond Butter June 1, 2010 at 9:43 am

You’re welcome Hysterikal! I made some this morning using 1 cup chocolate almond milk, 1 packet hot chocolate mix, 1 banana, 2 TBSP peanut butter, 1/2 tsp guar gum, 1/4 tsp xanthan gum and lots of ice (17 cubes). So yummy!!!

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Kelly June 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm

I just christened my brand new Vita with a batch of protein ice cream… soooo much better than my attempts in my old blender! Creamy and delicious!

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Heather Eats Almond Butter June 8, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Kelly, so happy to hear! :)

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sarah June 13, 2010 at 10:26 am

Wow, this is perfect! Thanks for the recipe!

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Heather Eats Almond Butter June 13, 2010 at 11:41 am

Sarah, You’re welcome. About to make a batch myself. Enjoy! :)

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Gena June 27, 2010 at 8:36 am

Oh, Heather. My attempts to make the ice cream this morning were truly the stuff of farce. I need to try again — I think using all xantham and no guar gum may have contributed to the soupy mess I got!

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Heather Eats Almond Butter June 27, 2010 at 8:50 am

Gena, Yes, I know some other bloggers have had success with using just xanthan, but when I tried, it was so goopy. Nasty stuff. Guar makes all the difference. I just ordered a bag from http://www.iherb.com for $5, and it will easily last me 6+ months. Totally worth every penny! Hope your next batch is better. :)

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Raychel June 28, 2010 at 2:59 pm

How much does this serving make? I saw someone mentioned about 2 cups… is that correct? (I dont know if you have ever tried it but Arctic Zero makes WONDERFUL ice cream similar to this and I was wondering if they are comparable in serving sizes and stats because if so, this is so much cheaper!) Thanks

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Heather Eats Almond Butter June 29, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Raychel, So sorry I am just now responding to you – your email got lost in my spam folder. Yeah, this recipe makes a lot – never measured, but 2 cups is probably about right. I have seen Arctic Zero, and I didn’t have problems with whey protein, I would try it in a heartbeat. I believe my protein ice-cream is quite similar except I use rice protein powder sweetened with stevia. However, the calories are about the same.

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Raychel June 30, 2010 at 9:57 am

Thank you so much, Heather! My mom and I are going to have to try your recipe!

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Heather Eats Almond Butter June 30, 2010 at 11:42 am

Raychel, Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions. Sometimes you have to play around with the gums. If your protein powder contains either of the gums, just use add less to your ice-cream.

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Larissa June 30, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Hi Heather – I love reading your blogs and your concoctions and am really interested in making your protein ice cream as described, BUT I am nursing and I read that xanthan and guar gum SHOULD NOT be consumed while nursing. And actually most advise not during pregnancy either so you should look into it. Do you plan on nursing and if so what is your solution to your protein ice cream to make it safe for nursing – I guess just leaving those things out? Thanks! You rock!

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Heather Eats Almond Butter July 1, 2010 at 6:57 am

Larissa, I’ve read that really small amounts of the gums are fine during pregnancy, especially since they are both contained in a lot of foods already – coconut milk ice-cream, rice protein powders, etc. So, since I only use 1/3 to 1/2 tsp at a time, I wasn’t too concerned. I definitely plan to nurse, and so this is something I need to research a bit more. There are other ways to thicken the mix like agar agar and such. Guess I’ll just have to experiment…a girl needs her ice-cream!

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Kristen July 2, 2010 at 4:33 pm

ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh. This is BEYOND fabulous and amazingly healthy. Thanks for sharing!

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Heather Eats Almond Butter July 2, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Kristen, You’re welcome – glad you enjoyed! :)

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janetha July 6, 2010 at 2:45 pm

randomly came over here today and didn’t realize you had a video up. GOSH you are adorable. how did i not know what you sounded like before? i love you and your cute accent and your pillow on your heablet. MWAH!

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Heather Eats Almond Butter July 6, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Thanks J. Bean! Isn’t it weird to finally hear the voices of other bloggers. I’m usually so surprised!

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Charlie@CharlieGirlBlog July 6, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Hi there! Just found you from the fitnessista’s post. That looks delish…sign me up for anything that tastes like a Frosty and doesn’t have all the icky stuff in it! P.S. You have amazing hair :)

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Heather Eats Almond Butter July 7, 2010 at 9:01 am

Haha – thanks Charlie! Glad you found me. :)

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Sylvia July 8, 2010 at 10:25 am

I am soooooooooooooooo happy I found you. Not only did I find this great blog and great recipe for protein ice cream, you helped me in discovering iherb.com which is going to be a HUGE life saver for me living here in South Korea. OMG! I am jumping up and down in my chair cause I’ll be able to order the gums and some whey protein (which is hard to find and usually triple the price) AND I haven’t tried them yet but I’ve been craving Cheezits and the Kashi Country Cheddar crackers look like they’ll do the job for me….all to be shipped for just an extra $10 !!!! I am smiling ear to ear. Thank you!

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Heather Eats Almond Butter July 8, 2010 at 10:52 am

Sylvia, I’m so glad you found me too. Isn’t iherb the best?!? It has saved me so much money, and I’m so happy they ship internationally for such a great price. I can’t wait to hear what you think of the ice-cream, and yes, order the Kashi cheddar crackers. I was craving Cheezits like mad early in my pregnancy, and the Kashi crackers were perfect. Thanks for reading my blog, and I hope you have fun iherbing it! :)

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the♥fashioneatsa July 9, 2010 at 10:34 pm

I’m absolutely loving your blog!! <3
I've tried to find xanathen gum/guar gum here (japan) but it is nowhere to be found… do you know of anything that could be used as a substitute for this recipe? It looks soo good! =)

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Heather Eats Almond Butter July 10, 2010 at 5:49 am

Fashioneatsa, Nothing will add more fluff than the gums. You can order them from http://www.iherb.com, and I think they only add an additional $10 for international shipping. Love that site, and I know several other international readers that order from their. Hope you’re able to enjoy some protein ice-cream soon!

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Sylvia July 9, 2010 at 11:13 pm

@the♥fashioneatsa I ordered my gums from iHerb.com and I’m having them shipped here to South Korea for $4 extra. You can order a bunch of different stuff for a very cheap shipping price!!! I’m so glad Heather mentioned that place. First time customers can use this coupon code: BEV426 for $5 off their first order which worked for me. :)

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Heather Eats Almond Butter July 10, 2010 at 5:50 am

Thanks Sylvia! I forwarded your comment to the Fashioneatsa to make sure she got it. :)

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Sylvia July 11, 2010 at 6:22 am

Heather, I’m sorry I didn’t even realize anything about the customer referral program with iHerb.com until now (just read about it on my account) OMG, I should’ve used your referral code when I signed up so you could reap the benefits of my purchases! Instead I just grabbed one from anywhere on google and even the one I posted above ^^ is the same one I used (it’s not even mine, haha). Darn it, I’m sorry! :(

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Heather Eats Almond Butter July 11, 2010 at 6:36 am

Syliva, Oh gosh, I don’t care. Just happy you discovered them, and placed and order. I always forget to give out my referral code. I should do that in a post soon. Again, no worries, and enjoy your goodies! :)

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Heather Eats Almond Butter July 11, 2010 at 6:37 am

*Sylvia – sorry, not spelling too well this morning! ;)

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Sylvia July 11, 2010 at 6:52 am

Hehe, that’s ok!

Still I wish I had used your referral code cause I will probably be ordering from there quite often. Oh well. :(

But yes, you should mention your referral code anytime you mention iHerb cause that referral program is pretty awesome!

I can’t wait for my goodies so I can make the yummy protein ice cream! :)

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Jane July 13, 2010 at 3:37 am

Hi Heather!

I LOVE your blog. I don’t know if anyone has already asked you this, but could you just use ice cream stabilizer (combination of several gums including guar gum and xanthan) instead of using the two gums. I have been emailing back and forth with a supplier and she recommended this over the two gums for making ice cream. She said that the effects are that it enriches the texture, stabilizes the protein and decreases ice crystals. Have you heard of this?

Let me know!

Thanks!

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Sarah July 13, 2010 at 6:19 pm

HOLY YUM! Just made this… thanks for the recipe! It made sooo much, which I am fine with ;)

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Heather Eats Almond Butter July 13, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Sarah, So glad you enjoyed. :)

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S July 15, 2010 at 7:28 pm

That video is *the* cutest: the pillow made me laugh and laugh! I got both my guar and xantham at Whole Foods in West Vancouver–though I’m pretty sure I’ve gotten xantham cheaper at “lesser” grocery stores in the past!

So mine came out… texturally challenged. It was foamy. A lot slicker than yours… and it stuck together a lot in a way that sort of made me think of the movie “Alien”. I’d say it was less of a soft serve texture and, well, in spite of using your recipe and both gums, it was GOOPY. Still: tasty! But also a bit weird. Should I try decreasing or increasing my gums a bit? Thanks!!

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Heather Eats Almond Butter July 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm

S, Glad you enjoyed the video. :) Does your protein powder contain either gum? If so, I would use a bit less…even if it doesn’t, sounds like you might need a little less anyway. Eating alien goop doesn’t sound too great, even if it was tasty. Hope this helps, and please let me know if you have any other questions. Better luck next batch!

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sabine July 16, 2010 at 11:16 am

Hi Heather! I tried the recipe and I have another `issue` for you: mine comes out a bit too creamy, the texture resembles more of mousse or pudding. Do you think adding more icecream would help, or using less guar? In grams, how much ice do you add? Thanks in advance for helping me out, and maybe take a quick peek at my blog too?

Sabine @ thefruitpersuit

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Heather Eats Almond Butter July 16, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Sabine, Does your protein powder contain either gum – if so, you made need to use less. I’m thinking you’re right – if it was extra creamy, I’d cut back on the guar a bit. Just measured my ice cube for ya – it’s 225 grams worth. Hope this helps!

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Raychel July 22, 2010 at 5:44 am

Hey Heather.
So I finally tried to make this recipe because it looked so good. I followed your recipe exactly (only difference was that I used a regular blender because I don’t have a vitamix), however it did not come out right- it was very liquidy. Will it only work with a vitamix? (They’re so expensive-that’s why we haven’t gotten one yet. What about a Magic Bullet?)

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Heather Eats Almond Butter July 22, 2010 at 10:18 am

Raychel, So sorry the protein ice-cream didn’t work. I have never had luck making it my Magic Bullet, but I think it’s b/c I try making too much at once. Other bloggers have had made it work. Try making 1/4 to 1/2 of the recipe. I just can’t ever get all the ice to blend in my Bullet. Good luck, and I hope it works for you!

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Sylvia July 22, 2010 at 5:55 am

@Raychel – I too followed the recipe and mine did not come out the same consistency as Heather’s either. I think the vitamix really makes the difference because I used a magic bullet knock off and mine came out more liquidy as well.

The only way to make it close to the same consistency is to add a frozen banana and then stick the blended mix in the freezer for 1/2 an hour to an hour. At least that’s what worked for me :)

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Heather Eats Almond Butter July 22, 2010 at 10:20 am

Thanks Sylvia. I’ll forward your comment onto to Raychel to make sure she sees it, and so happy to hear you found a method that works! :)

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Sabine July 22, 2010 at 11:56 am

Hi Heather thank you for your reply! I think I indeed used way less ice, will weigh it out tonight, and my powder indeed contains two gums. Trialrun 2 tonight, will let you know how it went!

love, sabine

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Sabine July 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Hey Heather, I tried making 1/2 the recipe and a little over half of the ice (150gr). I also added less guar but more xanthan to try and thicken it. it tastes very good, but despite the efforts it didnt get much thicker :(

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Heather Eats Almond Butter July 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Sabine, So sorry…but at least it tasted good!

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Birdie May 6, 2011 at 10:23 am

That’s the best ansewr of all time! JMHO

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Kate July 30, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Do you know what the nutrition info is on the protein icecream? Thank you and I love your blog i look forward to it everyday!!

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Heather Eats Almond Butter July 30, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Kate, Well, if you use 1 cup of vanilla unsweetened almond milk, 30 grams of protein powder (I use Jay Robb rice), 1 TBSP cocoa powder, and the gums, the stats are as follows

Calories: 168 calories Fat: 4 grams Carbs: 11 grams Sugars: 0 grams Fiber: 7 grams Protein: 26 grams

Not bad at all considering the recipe makes a ton! Enjoy. :)

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Amanda Y. August 2, 2010 at 7:39 am

I finally got all the ingredients to make this and it tastes yummy, but came out with jello texture (wiggling, kinda gross)–which do I need to use more or less of?

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Heather Eats Almond Butter August 2, 2010 at 8:17 am

Amanda, Check and see if your protein powder contains either gum, and if so, use less of that particular one. However, sounds like you need less guar to me. Just keep playing around with it. Hopefully, your next batch will turn out better, but at least the first one tasted good. :)

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JEN August 31, 2010 at 7:22 am

WOW! can’t wait to try this out :) heading out on errands now and added the gums to my list of stuff to pick up at the local health food store!

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HEAB August 31, 2010 at 8:22 am

Jen,
Enjoy – it’s one of my favorite recipes. I can find the xanthan gum at Kroger, a grocery store chain in Nashville, and most health food stores carry it as well. However, I can never find guar gum anywhere and usually order it online at http://www.iherb.com. Hope you were able to find both!

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JEN September 1, 2010 at 5:30 am

I was in luck!! The HFS had the xanthan gum in their bulk spice/herb section and their sister store in the next town over had the guar gum (which they will have at my store today ready to pick up) Plus getting it in the bulk section I got a really good price. Looking forward to making this today!

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HEAB September 1, 2010 at 7:03 am

Jen,
Oh good. Enjoy! :)

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Christine September 9, 2010 at 11:31 pm

New reader here. Love the pillow protection for the HEABlet (lol) and love your blog. Thanks for all the new ideas and recipes :)

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HEAB September 10, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Welcome Christine and thanks for reading. Glad you enjoyed the pillow – my husband’s idea. Hehe. :)

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Emily September 11, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I’ve made this 3 times since getting my gums and they haven’t all turned out well :(

The first time I didn’t realize my protein powder had xanthan gum already in it = gloopy mess, but it still tasted pretty good.

The next two times, I think I’ve been putting in too much xanthan gum. I don’t have a 1/3 tsp measuring spoon, so I estimate. I think I am overestimating :( It comes out sort of gloopy and pudding like. Does this sound like too much xanthan gum?

Plus, the last two times, I don’t think I realized I didn’t like the tasted of the protein powder I used (they were old left over single serve packets). I plan to get some new protein powder that I LIKE the taste of and try again!

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HEAB September 12, 2010 at 10:28 am

Emily,
Definitely use a protein powder that you love…that will make a huge difference, and yes, try less xanthan. Maybe aim for 1/4 a tsp? Best of luck with your next batch! Hope it turns out better. :)

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Namaste Gurl October 19, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Heatherrrrr– I finally made it! And it turned out just the way it’s supposed to be, no gooey, weird texture :) Check out my story on my blog, I’m SO excited!

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A Teenage Gourmet December 30, 2010 at 7:28 pm

So, Heather . . . I got a Vita for Christmas . . . Guess what I made first! :)

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A Teenage Gourmet December 31, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I thought that protein ice cream was perfect in my ancient blender, but the vita makes is even BETTER. So amazing. So smooth . . . Pleaseeee tell me I can take it to college! I will die, haha!

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HEAB December 31, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Sami,
You can take it to college…I’m just not sure if your roommates will appreciate the Vita-Mix as much as you do. Make sure to pack some earplugs. ;)

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Danielle January 10, 2011 at 4:43 am

OMG…I can’t believe I’ve put off ordering Jay Robb’s rice protein powder for over a year [seriously, you convinced me to try it a LONG time ago, but I wanted to go through my protein powder stash] because it looks like he no longer sells it! Can’t find it on his new website and its sold out everywhere else online….these are sad days!

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HEAB January 10, 2011 at 7:46 am

Danielle,
I’m not sure what’s going with Jay Robb. I contacted the company but never heard back from them. Therefore, I’ve been recommending Sun Warrior rice protein powder: http://www.sunwarrior.com. So don’t be too sad. It’s pretty good stuff – love their chocolate. :)

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Mel January 18, 2011 at 11:46 am

What kind of milk alternatives do you rec?

I made it with skim milk and it turned out awesome. However, i’ve discovered I am intolerant to something in milk, not likely lactose, because I tried lactose free milk.

Tried the ice cream with soy and coconut milks and it turns out ok. Wasn’t sure what milk to go with. Hard, because the main reason I use milk was for a protein source and to keep me full (usually lattes)

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HEAB January 18, 2011 at 11:50 am

Mel,
I have dairy issues too. It’s not so much the lactose but the dairy proteins (whey and casein) that bother me. I usually make the protein ice-cream with almond milk, but I love it with coconut milk as well. Have you tried goat milk? Sometimes people who have a hard time digesting cow’s milk can handle goat’s milk. The goat’s milk yogurt and cheese don’t seem to bother me, but I’m not a huge fan of the milk. Raw goat’s milk is really good, but pasteurized goat’s milk taste kind of goaty. Blech. Try the raw stuff if you can find it as I’m assuming it’s higher in protein than nut milk.

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Anne February 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Hi Heather-

I’m enjoying your blog and just wanted to send a thank you along for the iHerb recommendation and referral code. I got my xanthan and guar gums for ~$9 shipped…so much cheaper than the store I checked. I am pregnant with #2 and trying my best to eat whole foods while staying on a budget (saving for maternity leave). I am hoping I can talk my hubby into getting a high end blender though. I think I’ll point out all the money I’m saving on wine while pregnant… :)

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HEAB February 7, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Anne,
Thanks so much for reading, and I’m so happy to hear that you ordered from iHerb. I save so much money ordering from them. I swear between iHerb and Amazon, CD and I rarely buy dry goods anymore at the grocery store. In fact, we’re set up on automatic shipment for both oat bran and coconut flour. I love it! As far as the blender goes, I actually own a reconditioned VitaMix 5000 that I bought on sale. Often times, the Vita-mix folks sell models on their website that have been used for demos. It’s a great deal, usually about $100 off, and it still comes with the 7-year warranty. So, if you’re looking for a good deal, I would call their 1-800 number and ask them if they have any available. If you’re interested in buying a completely new model, I would definitely recommend the 5200 (which I think you can now purchase as a reconditioned model). I love mine, but my MIL has the 5200 and it seemed a bit more efficient and a little quieter. Still loud though. :) Don’t even bother purchasing the dry blade. It’s a waste of money. I bought it and have never once used it in 4 years. The wet blade can do it all. Hope this will convince the husband. Once you get a Vita-Mix, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it! Best of luck with the rest of your pregnancy. So exciting. We’re already thinking of a #2. :)

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Anne February 10, 2011 at 11:36 am

Thanks for responding Heather! I bit the bullet and went ahead and ordered a blender. I’m so excited for it to come! I went back and forth but ended up getting the Blendtec since I found a special on their reconditioned models that brought the price down to $300… still expensive but I’m sure I’ll use it a ton. I figure any blender I get will be awesome compared to my10 year old, $30 Oster. Have fun this year with Summer…they grow so fast- cliche but true. My little man is almost 3 and I can hardly believe it.

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Anne February 16, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Just had to say…got my Blendtec and it is the greatest kitchen appliance ever. I love it! It arrived on Valentine’s Day which seems appropriate. :) I’ve had a sore throat the past couple days and was wanting something cold. Your protein ice cream saved me from busting into the vat of Tillamook ice cream left in our freezer after a party last week. And, I know you don’t eat dairy, but I have a soft spot in my heart for frozen yogurt. So today I subbed out 1/2 the almond milk for yogurt (TJs euro style whole milk) and made chocolate frozen yogurt. It was fantastic…even my husband agreed. Maybe you could try it with a non-dairy yogurt if you ever crave that tang like I do. Thanks again for the original recipe!

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carin April 19, 2011 at 5:42 pm

hi heather, i know this is an old post so i hope you see this! i just got a vita-mix and can’t wait to make protein ice cream. what speeds/settings do you use for this recipe>

thanks,
carin

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HEAB April 19, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Hi Carin,
Usually, I start out at low and then immediately crank up the Vita to the highest speed on the dial and then switch the turbo switch on (not sure if that’s what it called, but that’s what I call it. The switch on the left) and then tamp tamp tamp until all ice is blended. However, lately, I’ve been cranking it up to high and then adding 1 or 2 ice cubes at a time instead of just dumping all the ice in at once. I get a smoother finished product that way as I cannot stand biting down on an ice chunk whenever I make a smoothie or ice-cream. Also, remember not to blend for too long b/c the Vita will start to heat the contents. Works great for soups but not so much for ice-cream. Enjoy – you’re going to love your new blender!

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Erika Bryant April 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Heather-I saw that you use sunwarrier protein. Which one do you use and why did you chose that brand? I am gluten intolerant and cannot use soy. I have tried a rice protein powder before but it did not sit well on my stomach. I would belch up the taste of it. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you. Can you buy samples of that powder? I hate to buy a 50.00 container and not be able to use it.

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HEAB April 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Erika,
Well, my favorite was Jay Robb’s rice until he stopped making it. Apparently, they are coming out with another vegan protein powder soon – I’m betting on pea. I love Sun Warrior’s vanilla and chocolate. It’s a little chalky when compared to whey protein, but once I got used to it, I grew to love it more and more. As far as I know, the company doesn’t sell small packets, but they might be willing to send you a sample or sell you one if you contact the company. I used to get mine through my old job and haven’t bought any since I left. It’s going to kill me to pay full price. That stuff is not cheap! I also really like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Lifetime-Basics-Protein-Vanilla-18-6-Ounces/dp/B003O1TRZ6. Another blogger sent me a sample once, and I was impressed as I usually cannot stand hemp protein powder. Always tastes like dirt to me, but the Life’s Basic was actually really good. In fact, I’ll probably order it when I run out of Sun Warrior.

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Evonne June 7, 2011 at 5:12 am

I have been making a similar recipe for some time without the gums, but with the protein powder. I buy bunches of bananas when they are reduced and then slice, peel, and freeze them on a cookie sheet. After transfering them to bags, I use them and reduce your ice cube amounts by about half. I find the frozen bananas give a soft-serve texture to the ice cream. It keeps me from killing my cheap blender. Combined with raw cocoa, almond butter, and protein powder it’s fantastic…and the kids love ice cream for breakfast:-)

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HEAB June 7, 2011 at 7:06 am

Evonne,
Yes! I’ve made banana soft serve with nothing but frozen bananas in my food processor. Best banana ice-cream ever, and who doesn’t love ice-cream for breakfast? I need to make your chocolate protein version…with almond butter of course. :)

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tina June 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm

love this! my 7yr old and I just made it… our wholefoods doesn’t carry sun warrior protein powder anymore, now that I found a good reason to buy it! so we tried tera’s whey… a packet and it came out great my daughter even ate it and she’s picky! love your blog, thank you for sharing your recipes!!!

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Shannon July 15, 2011 at 8:55 am

I made this for the first time last night with chocolate Sun Warrior – holy yum!!

By mistake, I bought a bag of natural flavor Sun Warrior and I’m stuck with it. Any suggestions on how to use it in the protein ice cream? Maybe I should add an extra TBSP of cocoa powder? I’d love to hear any suggestions.

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HEAB July 15, 2011 at 10:09 am

Shannon,
Again, so glad you liked the recipe. I’ve never used the plain Sun Warrior, but yeah, for chocolate ice-cream, I would simply add 1 TBSP cocoa powder and an extra packet of stevia. Perhaps a tsp of vanilla extract as well. Enjoy! :)

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Fallon July 17, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Oh my yum!!! I finally was able to make protein ice cream in my new Vita Mix and it was AMAZING!! Not overly sweet like the soft serve frozen yogurt you get out but even better because of the non-dairy milk and added protein. I put it in my leftover jar of some peanut butter. That was really good!

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Jamie September 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I think the reason why people get fat from eating ice cream is there not having enough protein. With enough protein with ice cream it could actually help you to lose weight. This is because your getting the right balance of proteins,carbs and fats which will help you increase your metabolism.

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Kristen April 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I was so happy to come across this recipe recently – all I needed to get was the guar gum. I made the protein ice cream pretty much as listed, using unsweetened coconut milk (also adding 1/2 an avocado for another element of creaminess). I can definitely see how both gums play their role and am super excited at the possibilities of flavor varieties!
I made my son a shake last night using a little coconut milk, frozen strawberries, Greek yogurt, some whole milk ricotta (he needs the fat and calories), Stevia & 1Tbsp flax meal, plus a 1/4 tsp each of xanthan & guar gum – the Vitamix turned it into a creamy strawberry milkshake without all the junk!
Thank you for your postings and giving me some new ideas to try!!

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HEAB April 7, 2013 at 11:17 am

Kristen,
You’re so welcome, and I could so go for that strawberry milkshake right about now. Sounds delicious, and I hope you have fun experimenting with different flavor combos. Possibilities are endless! :)

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